Peacock First Aid

These first aid tips are based on my own, Susan Rowe's experience and from the wise mind of Mike Johns at Rockn'Cedar in Oklahoma.


When a peacock appears listless, droopy, feathers ruffled, won't or can't eat, and has a weird look, you know something is not right and should take steps to help the bird, if possible. Sometimes, with all you do, the bird perishes. Hopefully, we can learn and prevent these problems in the future.

Here are some symptoms to look for and what I have done:

* First thing: what color are the droppings? Yellowish and much white mean WORMS/INTESTINAL PROBLEMS, which may be fixed by Terramycin at the feed store (mixed in the water) and then a course of worming.

The worms, according to Mike Johns, set up intestinal and liver problems and lower the immunity of the bird , so that secondary problems arise and the bird cannot digest food. People use antibiotics to treat the symptoms and never get to the cause, which continues to waste the bird. So, antibiotics will appear to fix the problems, but a worming must follow to really succeed. This is especially true of peafowl kept in cages. It also helps to prevent diseases if the droppings are removed periodically and the cage area and perches cleaned.

*STRESS, and/or temperature extremes should be treated with Vitamins and Electrolytes for poultry, good to use in the water weekly or whenever there is stress. We use it in the chicken water quite often, because the chickens lay more. We mix it so the water looks like weak lemonade.

Someone wrote me about a sick bird over the July 4th weekend. I suggested getting Gatorade or Recharge since those were available in a grocery store, and the bird stopped drooping and got normal again!

*Fresh, clean WATER, with or without electrolytes is essential. Smell the water in the container- if you wouldn't want to drink it, why should they?

*GREENS may help to revive a stressed out bird- also a good amount of fruits and vegetables help to keep them healthy. My birds love sprouts, which are full of vitamins.

*ISOLATE the sick bird from others to keep disease from spreading and the bird quiet. Many times other birds will pick on the sick bird and stress it out further. Keeping the bird out of drafts and warm in a clean and dry place is helpful also.

*Peacocks in the wild love to dig out pits (right in my flowers, of course) and dust themselves in a glorious DUST BATH. If the birds are cages, it is good to provide an area of sand or loose dirt so they can dust happily and get rid of mites and lice.

More to be added to this page as questions and solutions arise...

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